Reimagining Philanthropy

Reimagining Philanthropy

December 10, 2012 |
Who is served by philanthropic initiatives and how?  My recent research in India’s microfinance industry has urged me to revisit taken for granted notions of donation and assistance that implicitly structure our conversations about helping to transform the conditions of… Read more

Impossible India!

November 18, 2012 |
Growing up in Bangalore, I went to a very proper Christian school where I was taught by nuns, fathers, brothers, and sisters. Basically, I was brought up to be a good Samaritan, and maybe I am one.   I would go… Read more

Spiritual Entrepreneurship Indian Style

November 12, 2012 |
As a literary critic, I also study mythmaking.  Human beings tell stories that have subtle (and sometimes blatant) ways of excluding and including others, shaping as well as tweaking minds. In this blog I will discuss India’s inclusive spiritualism.  Myth… Read more
Which Stories of Our Lives?

Which Stories of Our Lives?

October 29, 2012 |
Two major narratives came out of the energizing Indiaspora conference – we as Indian Americans have been immensely successful, with some exceptions, and we should attend to India’s major needs. I find these narratives compelling and informative, especially our commitment… Read more

The Unusual Political Leanings of Indian Americans

October 22, 2012 |
Indian Americans are possibly the most Democrat leaning group of any community in the United States other than African Americans. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, 65 percent of Indian Americans identified themselves as Democrats and just… Read more

Indiaspora: Turning Inspiration into Action

October 15, 2012 |
When Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke have a meeting, I feign interest. But when the meeting is in New Delhi with their Indian counterparts, I’m all ears.